100 Years of Chinese Film & Screen: Past, Present, and Futures

University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC)

                                                            May 14th & 15th, 2021     

Conference Organising Committee

  • Dr. Corey Schultz, Associate Professor in the School of International Communications, UNNC
  • Dr. Xiaoling Zhang, Chair Professor in Creative Industries, School of International Communications

Conference Description

In 1921, the first Chinese-made long feature film was released – Yan Ruisheng (闫瑞生), directed by Ren Pengnian. In commemoration of this event, the University of Nottingham Ningbo China will be hosting the conference ‘100 Years of Chinese Film & Screen’, Friday May 14th and Saturday May 15th, 2021, which will bring together scholars and practitioners to celebrate and examine the development of Chinese film studies and screen studies over the past century. In doing so, it aims to analyse the history of Chinese language film, assess the current landscape of Chinese film studies, and chart the possible futures of Chinese and other Sinophone cinemas. The keynote will be delivered virtually by Professor Chris Berry (King’s College London). Titled 'Welcome to the Sinosphere’, it asks what Chinese Cinema is in an era of Chinese films made in multiple languages around the world and competing, nationally-based globalization projects.


Due to the current restrictions on travel, the conference will be a hybrid in-person/online event. We invite English-language submissions on any aspect of Chinese film and screen research, from scholars and practitioners, including:

  • Chinese film/television histories
  • Chinese stars and celebrities
  • Chinese filmmakers and auteurs
  • Genre studies of Chinese film/television
  • Aesthetics of Chinese Film
  • Chinese film/television industries (production, distribution, circulation and exhibition)
  • Chinese game studies
  • Chinese mobile studies


Submission guidelines

Presentation proposals should be in a single document (.rtf / .docx / .txt) that includes: 

  • Title & abstract (under 200 words); 
  • 3-5 keywords; 
  • short biography (under 100 words, including name, title/position, and institutional affiliation); 
  • Email address;
  • Whether you would prefer an in-person or pre-recorded presentation (due to current COVID-19 travel restrictions, we strongly anticipate that people from outside China will not be able to attend in person). 


Please send your proposal to Corey.Schultz@nottingham.edu.cn by Wednesday, March 31st, 2021. For questions, please contact Corey.


Full Program and Collection of Abstracts

A full program and abstracts will be available near the time of the conference.


Conference Venue

Ningbo, home the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) is one of China's oldest cities in the northeast Zhejiang province. It is a thriving port and business city, and well located for travel to Shanghai, with high-speed rail links connecting the two cities in approximately two hours. In 2004, UNNC was granted permission by the Chinese Ministry of Education to become the first Sino-foreign university in China, in partnership with Zhejiang Wanli Education Group.  Now more than 8000 students study BA, MA/MSc, PhD and EdD degrees in UNNC’s three faculties: Business, Science & Engineering, and Humanities & Social Sciences. Full details on travel by air, road and rail can be accessed via the university visitor information page: https://www.nottingham.edu.cn/en/about/contact/visit-us.aspx